Where 49ers rank in fans' Pro Bowl ballots


Where 49ers rank in fans' Pro Bowl ballots

With three weeks of Pro Bowl fan voting remaining, the Green Bay Packers and 49ers are proving to be popular among NFC fans.Ten Packers lead the voting at their respective positions. Sixteen players from the 49ers currently rank in the top-five at their respective positions, including top vote-getters Patrick Willis (inside linebacker) and Andy Lee (punter).The Pro Bowl teams are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters that represent the AFC and NFC in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 21-22.Fan voting online (nfl.comprobowl) runs through Monday, Dec. 19. The Pro Bowl teams to be Announced on December 27.NFC fan voting
(Through Nov. 30)Quarterbacks
1, Aaron Rodgers (Packers) 961818
2, Drew Brees (Saints) 655,655
3, Cam Newton (Panthers) 390,281
4, Matthew Stafford (Lions) 382,940
5, Eli Manning (Giants) 227,692Running backs
1, Adrian Peterson (Bears) 680,428
2, Matt Forte (Bears) 563,441
3, LeSean McCoy (Eagles) 553,868
4, Frank Gore (49ers) 356,393
5, Michael Turner (Falcons) 214,656 Fullbacks
1. John Kuhn (Packers) 189,046
2, Bruce Miller (49ers) 52,311
3, Jed Collins (Saints) 45,688
4, Tyler Clutts (Bears) 45,520
5, Tony Fiammetta (Cowboys) 39,228Wide receivers
1, Calvin Johnson (Lions) 743,335
2, Greg Jennings (Packers) 602,323
3, Steve Smith (Panthers) 465,977
4, Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals) 435,550
5, Jordy Nelson (Packers) 238,341Tight ends
1, Jimmy Graham (Saints) 434,436
2, Tony Gonzalez (Falcons) 234,749
3, Jason Witten (Cowboys) 230,927
4, Jermichael Finley (Packers) 228,291
5, Vernon Davis (49ers) 119,465Tackles
1, Chad Clifton (Packers) 244,037
2, Bryan Bulaga (Packers) 228,719
3, Jeff Backus (Lions) 140,077
4, Joe Staley (49ers) 131,877
5, Anthony Davis (49ers) 108,917
1, T.J. Lang (Packers) 197,247
2, Josh Sitton (Packers) 169,220
3, Mike Iupati (49ers) 139,585
4, Jahri Evans (Saints) 133,084
5, Steve Hutchinson (Vikings) 128,739Centers
1, Scott Wells (Packers) 266,549
2, Jonathan Goodwin (49ers) 118,877
3, David Baas (Giants) 108,510
4, Dominic Raiola (Lions) 100,364
5, Roberto Garza (Bears) 94,621Defensive ends
1, Jared Allen (Vikings) 488,239
2, Jason Babin (Eagles) 230,570
3, Julius Peppers (Bears) 203,876
4, Osi Umenyiora (Giants) 123,124
5, Charles Johnson (Panthers) 114,589Defensive tackles
1, Ndamukong Suh (Lions) 387,699
2, Justin Smith (49ers) 326,730
3, Cullen Jenkins (Eagles) 302,805
4, B.J. Raji (Packers) 218,854
5, Jay Ratliff (Cowboys) 86,558Outside linebackers
1, DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys) 356,194
2, Clay Matthews (Packers) 335,566
3, Brian Orakpo (Redskins) 175,961
4, Lance Briggs (Bears) 158,587
5, Sean Weatherspoon (Falcons) 123,662Inside linebackers
1, Patrick Willis (49ers) 257,776
2, Desmond Bishop (Packers) 240,564
3, Brian Urlacher (Bears) 182,686
4, A.J. Hawk (Packes) 141,206
5, NaVorro Bowman (49ers) 111,165Cornerbacks
1, Charles Woodson (Packers) 467,472
2, Chris Houston (Lions) 190,706
3, Nnamdi Asomugha (Eagles) 188,026
4, Carlos Rogers (49ers) 164,195
5, Charles Tillman (Bears) 122,865 Strong safety
1, Charlie Peprah (Packers) 88,409
2, Roman Harper (Saints) 86,087
3, Kam Chancellor (Seahawks) 60,960
4, Amari Spievey (Lions) 41,786
5, Kurt Coleman (Eagles) 39,761Free safety
1, Morgan Burnett (Packers) 151,085
2, Antrel Rolle (Giants) 49.573
3, Dashon Goldson (49ers) 44,665
4, Gerald Sensabaugh (Cowboys) 37,472
5, Earl Thomas (Seahawks) 37,430Kickers
1, Mason Crosby (Packers) 123,534
2, David Akers (49ers) 92,797
3, Dan Bailey (Cowboys) 71,292
4, Jason Hanson (Lions) 50,020
5, Robbie Gould (Bears) 44,248Punters
1, Andy Lee (49ers) 102,280
2, Tim Masthay (Packers) 61,380
3, Jon Ryan (Seahawks) 51,494
4, Mat McBriar (Cowboys) 46,774
5, Thomas Morstead (Saints) 31,137Kick returners
1, Devin Hester (Bears) 176,425
2, Randall Cobb (Packers) 76,799
3, Ted Ginn (49ers) 70,429
4, Darren Sproles (Saints) 43,190
5, Percy Harvin (Vikings) 28,839Special teamers
1, Jarrett Bush (Packers) 82,522
2, Blake Costanzo (49ers)44,985
3, Corey Graham (Bears) 41,776
4, Danny McCray (Cowboys) 39,636
5, Colt Anderson (Eagles) 36,442

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan will retain the role he held the past nine seasons in his first year as head coach of the 49ers.

Shanahan eschewed the formality of naming an offensive coordinator because he will keep those duties for himself. Still, Shanahan made it clear that he alone will not be able to fix the 49ers’ offense.

Shanahan has assembled a supporting cast that he said makes him comfortable to delegate responsibilities whenever his attention has to be focused on something other than the team’s offense.

“I mix it up,” said Shanahan, who previously held offensive coordinator roles with Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta. “Different guys have different attributes.”

Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur joined Shanahan after time together on the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive staff. McDaniel is the run-game specialist, while LaFleur, the wide receivers coach, is the pass-game specialist.

Tight ends coach Jon Embree, formerly the head coach at Colorado, is Shanahan’s assistant head coach. Shanahan said Embree has a vocal role on his staff.

Moreover, long-time NFL running backs coach Bobby Turner is a trusted assistant after spending 14 seasons in Denver and four more in Washington with Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. Turner coached under Kyle Shanahan the past two seasons with the Falcons.

”Bobby Turner’s been an assistant head coach for our teams we’ve had in the past and anytime that I need him to take over, he does,” Shanahan said. “So it depends what period it is, depends what we’re talking about.”

The 49ers opened organized team activities last week. It was the first time the 49ers’ rookies and veterans were together on the field for offense vs. defense practices. Shanahan said it takes some adjustment for him to figure out how to best budget his time during the workouts.

“I’m used to knowing exactly where to go and what to do and I always did that from an offensive coordinator standpoint which I still do a lot of those responsibilities,” Shanahan said. “So, at times, I feel most comfortable when I go to do that because that’s something to do. But, when I pass it over to some other guys and let them do it, I find myself walking around a lot and I’m not used to that.

“It feels awkward, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think I should walk around and watch everyone and see it. I always see it on the tape, but that’s later at night. You want players to know you’re there and paying attention to everything and I usually try to cover that in meetings the next day also.”

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.